Ford presents the S-MAX Concept, will bring it to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)

Article by Christian A., on August 28, 2013

A new Ford S Max Concept is coming to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) and the American manufacturer released the first photos and details. The new concept car features the latest Ford global design language and comes with a high mounted grille, stylish Organic LED headlamps and a front bonnet that sweeps into the sharply raked front screen.

The interior design is focused on the driver and offers a high-set instrument panel that cuts back in the centre console and creates a feeling of space. We also see an innovative interior roof designed that maximizes the feeling of spaciousness. Ford used high quality materials such as ultra-soft leather wrap for the instrument panel, and leather and carbon fibre detailing for the sculptured seats.

Under the hood, there is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine which will also be used by the 2014 Fusion, where it develops 178 hp and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque.

Exterior Design

Ford’s newest global design language includes the headlamps being swept back and the grille being mounted in a high position. There is also that unique treatment done on the lower fascia such as how the design elements seem to float on top of the spoiler and within the lower aperture in the front. All of these are present in the new S-MAX Concept from Ford.

The characteristics of the profile have been perfected with how the front bonnet manages to sweep effortlessly to the sharply raked front screen. After that, it flows towards the dynamic arc of the vehicle’s roof to result in a rather distinct glass roof graphic. This particular sleek profile surrounds an interior that is both versatile and spacious. The S-MAX will be offered from four-seat configuration to a seven-seat version.

Additional design cues on the exterior include the feature line which goes on the side of this model. This gives it that feel of speed and length. There are also the sculptured muscular shoulders and the unique headlamps that come with organic LEDs. The latter in particular are the latest development when it comes to lighting. In terms of design and positioning, it allows for better flexibility and even has fast response and remarkable color range.

Ford of Europe Executive Design Director Martin Smith said that customers expect the S-MAX to be a unique vehicle, given that these drivers are not only passionate but have high expectations. He added that the goal of the brand was to surpass such expectations in each aspect but to make sure that the core value of what they love about this model remains intact.

Interior Design

For the interior, the S-MAX reveals one that has an advanced connectivity, convenience, craftsmanship, flexibility, and design. In addition, it has cutting-edge technologies and features to deliver connectivity and well-being at new levels while having that driving appeal, convenience, and safety. At the core of these innovative connectivity features is the Ford SYNC system.

With the MyFord Touch, passengers can get wireless internet access. The system also supports a tablet docking station ensuring that the occupants in the second row are able to integrate their very own personal devices to the S-MAX.

By having the SYNC AppLink, the driver control smart phone apps through voice control. The apps offer a wide list of service providers like Aha, Glympse, Kaliki, and Spotify, to name a few. Occupants also get access to news, additional music, and personalized information. Navigation and location options are included as well.

Press Release

Ford S-Max Concept

Ford Motor Company has revealed the new Ford S MAX Concept, a new sport activity vehicle that takes the style-without-compromise ethos of the popular current S-MAX to new levels with a sharper design, advanced technology, and premium craftsmanship.

The new S MAX Concept employs the latest Ford global design language with a high mounted grille, swept-back headlamps and a unique treatment of the vehicle’s lower fascia that includes design elements that appear to float within the lower front aperture and above the spoiler.

The characteristic S-MAX profile has been honed with the front bonnet sweeping seamlessly into the sharply raked front screen, which in turn flows into the dynamic arc of the roof to create a unique glass roof graphic. This sleek silhouette surrounds a spacious and versatile interior that offers anything from four-to seven-seat configurations.

“S MAX drivers are passionate and bring high expectations – they see their S-MAX as a one-of-a-kind vehicle,” said Martin Smith, executive design director, Ford of Europe. “Our mission was to exceed their expectations in every area while respecting the core of what they love about the S-MAX.”

Further exterior design cues include a feature line running along the side of the vehicle to deliver an impression of length and speed, sculptured muscular shoulders, and distinctive headlamps featuring Organic LEDs – the latest development in lighting that offers greater flexibility in terms of positioning and design, fast response and colour range.

The S MAX Concept interior is an expression of cutting-edge design, convenience, connectivity, flexibility, and craftsmanship.

The Ford S MAX Concept employs leading-edge Ford features and technologies to provide customers with new levels of connectivity and well-being as well as safety, convenience, and driving appeal.

The Ford SYNC system sits at the heart of the vehicle’s advanced connectivity features. Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch delivers wireless internet access for passengers, supported by a tablet docking station that allows second row occupants to seamlessly integrate their personal devices into the vehicle.

SYNC AppLink enables the driver to voice-control smart phone apps from an expanding list of service providers, which include Spotify, Kaliki, Glympse and Aha, bringing additional music, news, personalised information as well as location and navigation options into the vehicle.

SYNC also enables additional features to improve health and well-being:

Ford’s ECG Heart Rate Monitoring Seat records the driver’s heart rate, delivering long-term heart activity data that would otherwise need to be recorded at medical centres, and offers the potential to connect with Ford SYNC to alert remote medical experts to unusual activity or even trigger active safety systems to take over in a case of emergency
Glucose Level Monitoring connects with Ford SYNC could warn parents if a sleeping child in the rear seats suffers a diabetic episode
Sophisticated communications and sensor systems provide the S-MAX Concept with detailed information about the driving environment, to enhance awareness and safety:

Ford’s advanced car-to-car communications technology enables the vehicle to talk to similarly equipped vehicles, delivering warnings in the event of oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the motorway, or if a vehicle has stopped in a potentially dangerous situation such as a blind bend in the road
Ford Intelligent Protection System with Pre-Collision Assist identifies pedestrians and automatically applies the brakes if a collision is imminent
Advanced version of Active Park Assist featuring perpendicular parking capability, park out assist and Cross Traffic Alert is the next generation of Ford parking technology, able to control steering, gear selection and fore and aft movement, and assist drivers in leaving parking bays by alerting them to approaching traffic
The interior design offers a range of smart solutions to enhance flexibility and versatility:

Thin Seat Technology is employed in the third row of seats, enabling the seats to be raised and lowered in a single action with minimum effort. An intelligent second row of seats makes it easy to get in and out, with a centre seat that folds into the vehicle‘s floor and allows for maximum versatility
Dual-View Display in the centre console delivers different images to the driver and front passenger using the same screen, ensuring the driver receives important information without being distracted, while the front passenger can enjoy a movie at the same time
Advanced Ford powertrain ensures that the renowned S-MAX driving appeal is raised to a new level:

High-efficiency powertrain features the all-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with turbocharging, twin-independent variable camshaft timing and further advanced technologies to enhance power and fuel economy

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